Hamukwaya’s team ready to compete in Dubai

Michael Hamukwaya, Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) secretary general says his team of 13 athletes is ready to represent the country at the upcoming International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Para Athletics Championships.

The IPC World Para Athletics Championships will be held from 7-15 November 2019 in Dubai.

Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Hamukwaya said the team's three weeks training camp in Swakopmund, which was sponsored by NamPower helped them go through their paces while at the same time building a good team spirit.

For three weeks we assessed how far we have come ahead of the world champs and to be quite honest during these three weeks we managed to monitor what our athletes were eating as well as how often they trained which in the end was good preparation for us, he said.

Hamukwaya said unlike in the past this will be the first world championships where they will have more young athletes at the competition compared to the past where they had a small group of athletes.

Our preparation for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games started a long time ago and going for these championships we are aiming to at least get five spots allocated to us for the 2020 Paralympic Games but that can only happen if our athletes finish in the three. We have 13 athletes in the team and seven of these athletes will be making their maiden appearance at the championships which shows that as a federation we are going into the right direction,

The secretary general stated that if Namibia is to be allocated at least five spots for the 2020 Paralympics Games they can then work hard on qualifying a bigger team for those games.

We have a very strong and experience steam that we taking to Dubai for the world champs and for the first time we will have three athletes competing in the field events and we will also for the first time have a wheelchair racer competing with the best in the world, Hamukwaya said.

Hamukwaya added that in the past they just competed in track events but the NPC is now working hard on having more sport codes present at international competitions.

Athletes travelling to Dubai are; Sylvia Shivolo, Ananias Shikongo, Roodley Gowaseb, Karuli Petrus, Murere Bradley, Johannes Nambala, Alfred Bernardo, Christoph Marungu, Johanna Benson, Mushila Eino Twegathetwa, Denzel Namene, Ishitile Lahja and Reginald Benade.

Source: Namibia Press Agency